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URUK Net 14 October, 2009

Last updated: Friday, October 16, 2009 10:11

Deformed babies in Fallujah
Iraq LETTER TO THE UNITED NATIONS
Various undersigned
October 14, 2009 – Young women in Fallujah in Iraq are terrified of having children because of the increasing number of babies born grotesquely deformed, with no heads, two heads, a single eye in their foreheads, scaly bodies or missing limbs. In addition, young children in Fallujah are now experiencing hideous cancers and leukaemias. These deformities are now well documented, for example in television documentaries on SKY UK on September 1 2009, and on SKY UK June 2008. Our direct contact with doctors in Fallujah report that: In September 2009, Fallujah General Hospital had 170 new born babies, 24% of whom were dead within the first seven days, a staggering 75% of the dead babies were classified as deformed…

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Afghan Resistance Statement
Open Letter of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan to Shanghai Summit
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
October 14, 2009 – …The invaders have turned our country into an inferno where the oppressed Afghans have been burning. Therefore, we urge the participants of the Shanghai Summit to render assistance in the work of liberation of people and countries of the region from the claws of the colonialists and take a decisive stand regarding the West’s invasion of Afghanistan. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan , as a liberation movement, wants to play a positive role in peace and stability of the region besides its current mission of liberating the country…We remind the participants of the Shanghai Forum to be aware of being swayed by the black propaganda launched against us by colonialism. We do not have any intention to harm our neighboring countries but we want to gain independence of our country… The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan as per its peaceful policy wants to have constructive interactions with Shanghai forum member countries for a permanent stability and economic development in the region on the basis of mutual respect…

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BBC claims Obama to send 45,000 extra troops to Afghanistan
Raw Story
October 14, 2009 – White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on Wednesday denied a BBC news report that President Barack Obama has already decided to send 45,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, on top of the 68,000 already serving there. “It's not true,” Gibbs said, insisting “the president has not made a decision.” According to news reports, Obama huddled with his war council Wednesday for the fifth time, debating whether to send thousands more troops to Afghanistan as he maps a new strategy to quell the conflict…

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“They killed him because he was Palestinian”
Jody McIntyre writing from Yabad, occupied West Bank
October 14, 2009 – On 30 September 2009 at 11am, 17-year-old Fuad Mahmoud Nayif Turkman was standing outside his school in the village of Yabad, when he was run over by an Israeli military jeep. Yabad is located in the occupied West Bank, near the city of Jenin. An Israeli military spokesperson later claimed that “hundreds” of Palestinians were “rioting” in the area, and that the jeep had experienced “mechanical difficulties.” However, eyewitnesses from the scene say that the students were doing nothing of the sort. Jody McIntyre spoke with Fuad's father, Mahmoud Turkman, and his 12-year-old brother Fadi…

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Iraq snapshot – October 14, 2009
The Common Ills
October 14, 2009 – …Meanwhile Al Jazeera notes, “At least 85,000 people have been killed in Iraq by bombs, murders and fighting from 2004 until 2008, Iraq's human rights ministry says.” Really? Because Betty noted Aadel Rashid's “Finding Husbands for Iraq's Widows: As Some Iraqis Embrace the Program, Others Say Efforts to Help Widows Remarry Is Exploitative” (ABC News) last night and, as Betty pointed out, “The article tells us that Women and Child Committee head Samira al Musawi states Iraq saw more than 1 million women become widows since 2005. “ Widows. To be a widow, your spouse has to die. So that would mean 1 million men have died since 2005. Which ministry is telling the truth? Or did 925,000 Iraqi males die since 2005 of natural causes? That would be a staggering number in a country's whose population is less than 26 million..

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The Crime of Our Time: Was the Economic Collapse “Indeed, Criminal?” A Review of Danny Schechter's Book
Stephen Lendman
October 14, 2009 – …In his last book, Plunder, Schechter deconstructed one element of the economy's financialization – the outlandish amounts subprime lending, instrumental in inflating the housing bubble and the economic crisis that followed. The Crime of Our Time is his latest attempt to explain “the financial collapse as a crime story (and) the high status white-collar crooks” who wreak havoc on “the lives of hundreds of millions worldwide.” He quotes from author and labor activist Jonathan Tasini in his new book, The Audacity of Greed, saying: “Over the past quarter century, we have lived through the greatest looting of wealth in human history.” While an elite few profited hugely, “the vast majority of citizens have lived through a period of falling wages, disappearing pensions, and dwindling bank accounts, all of which led to the personal debt crisis that lies at the root of the current financial meltdown.” The fallout cost millions of Americans their jobs, homes, savings, and futures, the result of a Washington – Wall Street criminal cabal and their scandalous conspiracy against the US public. In the Crime of Our Time, Schechter, once again, does a superb job explaining it astutely, thoroughly, and clearly…

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Tony Blair and the business of covering up war crimes
Jim Holstun
October 14, 2009 – On 7 October 2009, Tony Blair gave a lecture at a New York university. In responding to an unexpectedly direct student question, he publicly joined, for the first time, the US and Israeli Zionist consensus rejecting the Goldstone report. On 27 June 2007, Blair left his job as UK prime minister under the cloud of the war on Iraq that he had concocted with former US President George W. Bush. Just hours later, he assumed his new position as the Special Envoy to the Mideast Quartet (EU, Russia, UN, US). He had long been a Zionist and a member of Labor Friends of Israel, and he received heartfelt farewells-and-hellos from Ehud Olmert (”A true friend of the State of Israel”) and Tzipi Livni (”a very-well appreciated figure in Israel”). Palestinians living under Israeli occupation did not find this a very a promising development…

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Photos of Military Deaths in Afghanistan Banned
By Daryl Lang/Photo District News
October 14, 2009 – The U.S. military in eastern Afghanistan recently changed its media embed rules to ban pictures of troops killed in the war. “Media will not be allowed to photograph or record video of U.S. personnel killed in action,” says a ground rules document issued Sept. 15 by Regional Command East at Bagram Air Field. This language is new. A version of the same document dated July 23 says, “Media will not be prohibited from covering casualties” as long as a series of conditions are met. Pictures of American military deaths are rare, but until now they have not been officially banned during either of the ongoing wars…

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Fateh Accepts The Egyptian Document, Hamas To Respond
Saed Bannoura
October 14, 2009 – Fateh movement accepted the Egyptian document for internal Palestinians unity and signed it, while Hamas movement is yet to respond. Egypt, the mediator between the two rival parties, handed a new proposal that be separately signed by Fateh and Hamas, before the two movements can sign the deal together after the upcoming Adha Muslim feast. Fateh movement said that it had signed the document, and that it’s Central Committee Member, Azzam Al Ahmad, will hand it to Egypt…

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Protests demand swift reconstruction of Nahr el-Bared refugee camp
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine -PFLP
October 14, 2009 – A mass rally was held in Beirut's Martyrs Square in solidarity with the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr el-Bared on Monday, October 12, 2009, demanding that the camp be rebuilt as soon as possible. The rally and sit-in was called for by the Monitoring Committee to Support Nahr el-Bared and was widely attended by all Palestinian factions and forces, as well as a number of prominent Lebanese figures and international solidarity activists. Similar protests were held in Saida and other Lebanese cities. Comrade Marwan Abdel-Al, member of the Political Bureau of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and member of the higher committee for Nahr el-Bared led a delegation from the PFLP to the demonstration…

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U.K. to send more troops to Afghanistan
Hasan Suroor
October 14, 2009 – Britain is to send 500 more troops to Afghanistan raising their total strength to 9,500 despite growing public anger over the country’s continued military involvement in a war that has already claimed more than 200 British casualties. Prime Minister Gordon Brown, however, defended the decision saying it was in Britain’s own national interest to secure peace in Afghanistan…

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Int'l rights groups in Geneva rally to ensure Goldstone success
Ma'an News
October 14, 2009 – Speaking from Geneva where he will address the UN Human Rights Commission later this week, Director of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights Raji Sourani said wide networks of human rights organizations were mobilizing to ensure the success of the Friday meeting. After focused lobbying, Palestinian leaders and human rights groups secured an early meeting of the UN body to finally see the resolution on the UN-mandated Goldstone report put to vote. The vote would determine whether or not the UN adopts the document, which suggests an official investigation into allegations of war crimes by Israeli officials and Gaza militants during Israel’s Operation Cast Lead in Gaza last winter…

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Obama tops Bush in troop buildup
Bill Van Auken
October 14, 2009 – The combined US troop deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan have now reached a higher level than existed at any time under the presidency of George W. Bush. This surge past the record set by its predecessor marks another grim milestone in the Obama administration’s escalation of American militarism. In addition to the 21,000 US soldiers and Marines that Obama ordered deployed to Afghanistan as part of the escalation he unveiled last March, another 13,000 “support” troops are being quietly sent to the country with no official announcement, the Washington Post reported Tuesday…

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Iraq now of the world's most contaminated countries
Iraq war remnants cause cancer deaths: minister
Reuters
In the late 1990s 22-year-old Manal Sabir Abdullah from Basra was diagnosed with lung cancer, from which she eventually died in 2004. “Her cancer was bizarre as none of our relatives had cancer before and she had never had bad health or harmful habits,” said her husband, Hassan Najim Ghanim. “None of the doctors could determine how she developed the disease but most believed it was probably caused by contaminated air, soil and water,” he said…The U.S.-led coalition forces used depleted uranium (DU) as a “penetrator” at the core of armor piercing tank rounds in the 1991 and 2003 wars. Amid growing reports of ill-health among veterans, an international campaign has sought a global ban on DU weapons on public health grounds…

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Gaza War Crimes: Israeli Government Contradicts its Own “Self-Defense” Argument
Information on official website tacitly acknowledges war crimes in Gaza
by James Marc Leas
October 14, 2009 – Amazingly, the Israeli Government's attack on the Goldstone Report and its longstanding claim that it was acting in self-defense against Hamas rocket fire is flatly contradicted by evidence provided by the Israeli government itself on its own web site. The web site dramatically shows that the Israeli government had already effectively stopped rocket fire long before Israeli forces launched their initial attack on Gaza on November 4, 2008. Yet, Israeli government spokesmen endlessly repeat the self-defense claim…

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As Elections Approach, Iran Flexes Its Political Muscle in Iraq
Robert Dreyfuss
October 14, 2009 – Several top Iraqi politicians have been making the rounds in Iran lately, getting support from Tehran in advance of elections scheduled in Iraq for January. Among the politicians: Ammar al-Hakim, the son of the late Abdel Aziz al-Hakim, the head of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI), and Ibrahim al-Jaafari, the former Iraqi prime minister who leads a breakaway faction of the Islamic Call (Dawa) party in Iraq. Their tour, which reflects Iran's intimate relationship to many Iraqi politicians, is a sign that Iran is paying close attention to Iraqi politics. Over the summer, top Iranian officials, including Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's Leader, urged Shiite Iraqis to re-unite into a unified movement for the elections…

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AfPak : War on two fronts
The only thing Obama's got right so far about his warzone-of-choice is the name
Eric Walberg
October 14, 2009 – As more NATO trucks were being torched in Peshawar last week, a Karachi student managed to fling his shoe at warmongering US journalist Clifford May during his address to the Department of International Relations on “ Pakistan 's Role in Countering the Challenge of Terrorism”. In Washington , Pakistan 's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi announced bitterly the US probably knows Osama Bin Laden's whereabouts. He neglected to draw the appropriate conclusion about what the US is really up to in AfPak. Also in Washington , within hours of the decision of the Nobel Peace committee, US President Barack Obama met with his War Council… As the world marked the eighth anniversary of the US invasion of Afghanistan on 7 October, the Taliban were stronger than ever – their forces have increased nearly fourfold since 2006…

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Israel 'holding hundreds illegally'
AljazeeraEnglish
October 14, 2009 – Israel is violating international law by detaining hundreds of Palestinians, some of them for years without charge or trial, two leading human rights groups in the country have said. B'Tsalem and HaMoked released a report on Wednesday, saying that 335 Palestinians are being illegally detained by the Israeli military. “Israel holds hundreds of Palestinians in prolonged detention based on undisclosed suspicions, without informing them what these suspicions are, without giving them an opportunity to defend themselves, and without notifying them when they will be released,” the report said…

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One Secular Democratic State Solution
Iqbal Tamimi.
October 14, 2009 – It is amazing how westerners pull the platform from beneath our legs as Palestinians, and talk on our behalf to tell the world what is best for us. Some want a one state solution for us, others scream that they have a better idea; a two state solution they say. While we, the Palestinians, are denied the right to be heard as if every westerner is a guardian over an underage nation of children. I did express my disappointment after attending many activists’ activities and meetings under the banner of supporting Palestinians here in the UK, because even the supporters of the Palestinian cause in the West have little knowledge when it comes to our sufferings. We are usually invited as guests by total strangers to hear other strangers talk about solving our problems…

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New scanner reveals body piercings & genital outlines
UK airport tells people to get 'naked' for security
Al Arabiya
October 14, 2009 – Officials at Britain's Manchester Airport defended a controversial decision to introduce a 'naked scanner' that sees through clothing, arguing it will speed up security, press reports said Wednesday, a move which was likely to cause a stir amongst some who may not like the exposure. The device, which is currently being tested at the U.K.'s fourth largest airport for the next 12 months, captures a “quite revealing” image of passengers and is aimed at spotting if someone is hiding explosives or weapons, Sky News reported…

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Pro-War Officials Play Up Taliban-al Qaeda Ties
Analysis by Gareth Porter*
October 14, 2009 – U.S. national security officials, concerned that President Barack Obama might be abandoning the strategy of full-fledged counterinsurgency war in Afghanistan, are claiming new intelligence assessments suggesting that al Qaeda would be allowed to return to Afghanistan in the event of a Taliban victory. But two former senior intelligence analysts who have long followed the issue of al Qaeda's involvement in Afghanistan question the alleged new intelligence assessments. They say that the Taliban leadership still blames Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda for their loss of power after 9/11 and that the Taliban-al Qaeda cooperation is much narrower today than it was during the period of Taliban rule…

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Abbas and the Goldstone Report: Our Shame is Complete
Ramzy Baroud
October 14, 2009 – As Israeli bombs fell on the Gaza Strip during its one-sided war between December 27, 2008 and January 18, 2009, millions around the world took to the streets in complete and uncompromising outrage. The level of barbarity in that war, especially as it was conducted against a poor, defenseless and physically trapped nation, united people of every color, race and religion. But among those who seemed utterly unmoved, unreservedly cold were some Palestinian officials in the West Bank. Mahmoud Habbash, the PA Minister of Social Affairs is but one of those individuals. His appearances on Aljazeera, during those fateful days were many. On one half of the screen would be screaming, disfigured children, mutilated women, and search parties digging in the dark for dead bodies, at times entire families…

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New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman glorifies American militarism
By Patrick Martin
October 14, 2009 – In the Sunday edition of the New York Times, the newspaper’s chief commentator on foreign affairs, Thomas L. Friedman, devotes his entire column to a grotesque celebration of the role of the American military, presenting its operations, particularly in Afghanistan and Iraq, as humanitarian and liberating. He takes the occasion of the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Barack Obama to suggest the US president go to Oslo in December, decline the award for himself, and then declare, “I will accept it on behalf of the most important peacekeepers in the world for the last century—the men and women of the US Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.”…

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The dark side of Tel Aviv
The glitzy celebrations for the White City's 'centenary' airbrush over a complex history of colonialism
Abe Hayeem
October 14, 2009 – The centenary of Tel Aviv, a city said to date from 1909, has provided a useful opportunity to present the face of Israel as a hip country built by Jewish pioneers on empty sands. Its vibrant cosmopolitan flavour, its commercial centre, its Mediterranean beaches, its liberal society and culture, are seen as signifying a truly commendable Zionist enterprise. According to the blurb on the centenary celebrations “several dozen families gathered on the sand dunes on the beach outside Yafo to allocate plots of land for a new neighbourhood they called Ahuzat Bayit, later known as Tel Aviv”. After the horrors of the Gaza onslaught and unending blockade, and the evidence of war crimes committed by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) early this year (which Israel has responded to with hysterical denial) no effort has been spared by the Israeli embassy and its propaganda machines to deflect the attention of the world to Israel's marvellous technical and medical discoveries, and to use Tel Aviv to present its upbeat image…

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Video: Israel's illegal detentions
AlJazeeraEnglish
October 14, 2009 – Two leading human rights groups in Israel have released a report that severely criticises Israel for detaining Palestinians for long periods of time without charges. The report says more than 300 Palestinians are currently held in Israeli jails without any legal basis. While Israeli authorities call this administrative detention, their opponents say it is undemocratic and illegal under international law…

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UN Draft Censures Israel over Al-Aqsa, Gaza
IslamOnline.net
October 14, 2009 – A draft Human Rights Council resolution condemns Israeli aggressions against Al-Aqsa Mosques, Islam’s third holiest shrine, its seize of the Gaza Strip and the war crimes it committed against Gaza’s civilian population. The text “strongly condemns all policies and measures taken by Israel, the occupying power, to limit access of Palestinians to their properties and holy sites particularly in Occupied East Jerusalem.” Israel has closed access to Al-Haram Al-Sharif, which include Al-Aqsa Mosque, to Muslim men under the age of 50…

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COLUMBUS AND APPLES
Malcom Lagauche
October 14, 2009 – …What Columbus did was open up a route for European nations to follow in his footsteps and travel to North and South America. Instead of Columbus being the discoverer of America, he, in fact, was the first soldier in the battle for stealing North and South America from its inhabitants. When the smoke cleared, about 30 million Native Americans had died because of the European explorers and their following generations. Some Native Americans were outright killed by weapons and others died from diseases they had never encountered. Columbus was the initiator of one of the most deadly holocausts in world history, only being outdone by the deaths of African-Americans in the slave trade over the centuries…

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Gaza: pride, dabke, spirit
Eva Bartlett, In Gaza
October 14, 2009 – “Please, have some coffee,” Mahmoud insisted, though I told him I’d just drank an entire pot at home. Water wasn’t good enough for him to serve me. I relented. I’d stopped in his computer shop to buy a new power cord and, as things go in Palestine, we sat chatting about life. “I dream of going around the world. I’ve never been in an airplane, never left Gaza,” he said, not the first. I told him that this is his right, he deserves to see the world’s beauty like anyone. “I’m so happy to speak with you. You know, this is the first time I’ve had a conversation with a foreigner,” he grinned. He’s 21, personable, helped with the power cord, and like any other person I’ve met in Gaza: friendly, curious, wants to see the world, loves his country, is thrilled to meet people from outside, and tried to give me the power cord for free. “Everyday is the same here (massacres aside). I go from work to home, nothing is new, nothing different.”..

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Diplomat reported Afghanistan prisoner abuse in 2006
By Janice Tibbetts, Canwest News Service
October 14, 2009 — A Canadian diplomat, who was posted in Afghanistan, said he first warned Canadian officials of prisoner abuse almost one year before the government admitted it knew. Richard Colvin, in an affidavit unsealed by the Military Police Complaints Commission, advised he sent numerous reports to top soldiers and military police about Afghan detainees being abused by local authorities…

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Gaza water experts see no change in poor conditions
Ma'an News
October 14, 2009 – An estimated 90% of water in the Gaza Strip is undrinkable and unfit for human consumption, director general of the coastal water service Munthir Shublaq said on Wednesday. Shublaq blamed the December and January Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip for exacerbating the water problem in the Strip. Part of the Israeli war on Gaza involved bulldozing sewage reservoirs and tearing up water networks, he said, which resulted in sewage leaking into ground water and pouring into streets…

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Lack of Mid-East peace deepens water crisis
By Natalia Antelava , BBC News
October 14, 2009 – For the past two years Iraq, Syria, Jordan and parts of Turkey and Lebanon, have suffered the devastating effects of the worst drought the Middle East has experienced in decades. In addition to human suffering, the security implications of water scarcity are also becoming increasingly obvious. Water wars is a term that was coined in the Middle East, but it is the existing conflicts that make the region's water crisis so much more difficult to solve…

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Liberate Al Quds and Palestine! (and the public attacks the speaker…)
Lasse Wilhelmson
October 14, 2009 – Speech made on the Al Quds Day in Stockholm, Sergels torg (Sergel’s Plaza), Sunday September 20, 2009. Al Quds, which means Jerusalem in Arabic, is an international day of solidarity for the liberation of Jerusalem and Palestine. They are the symbols of the oppressed peoples of the world who this day gather irrespective of their religious or ethnic affiliations. Large manifestations are held around the world commemorating this day…

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Iraqi who threw shoes at Bush arrives in Switzerland
Reuters
October 14, 2009 – The Iraqi journalist who served nine months in prison for throwing his shoes at U.S. President George W. Bush arrived on Tuesday in Geneva where he wants to set up a foundation to help civilian victims of the war. Swiss television showed Muntazer al-Zaidi, whose outburst during a Baghdad news conference last December brought worldwide fame, arriving from Beirut at Geneva's Cointrin airport…

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